Jordan Cove-Pacific Connector Grant Program awards grants of up to $5,000 twice a year to organizations in the local communities where it operates, including Douglas County. This grant cycle, local organizations received a total of $60,000 in grants, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley, the Reedsport Public Library and Friends of the Myrtle Creek Library.

Jordan Cove representatives and grant recipients gathered together Thursday evening at Brix Grill in Roseburg for an awards reception.

Jordan Cove LNG plans to develop a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay to ship the product to Asian markets. Pacific Connector Natural Gas proposed a 235-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Malin, Oregon, to the terminal, crossing over Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.

Out of 87 applicants, 23 received grants. Eight awards went to organizations in Douglas County, eight in Coos County, four in Klamath County and three recipients in Jackson County.

Michael Hinrichs, spokesman for Jordan Cove LNG, said the company is very proud to support local libraries, knowing the county’s budget shortfalls.

“This time around for Douglas County we focused on libraries, after-school programs, supporting food pantries, child abuse programs and community beautification programs,” Hinrichs said.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley received a $2,500 grant for its Teen STEAM Squared project, which starts as a summer program for science, technology, engineering and math, and continues into the fall season. With these funds, Bryan Lake, CEO of the local Boys & Girls Clubs, plans to purchase STEM kits for the program.

The STEM kits cover a variety of activities. One kit will allow students to pretend to be crime scene investigators and explore science through forensic experimentation while another involves the kids in designing and programming functioning Lego robots.

Lake said programs like Teen STEAM Squared helps young people improve their problem solving skills, and it spurs their interest in science, technology and even art.

“We’re trying to create experiences for the youth so they can see really how vibrant and rich the world around them is,” Lake said. “And show them there are opportunities to explore in these areas, that not only make their lives very fulfilling, but it could benefit all of us as a community.”

Lake said he’s grateful for Jordan Cove for its generosity.

“It provides some needed funds which is always great but it also lets us know they care about the kids in the community,” Lake said. “All our decisions are based on what’s best for the youth, and it’s nice to have a partnership like this where they get it and they’re helping us provide this great environment for the youth to help them thrive.”

Reedsport Public Library received $5,000 while Friends of Myrtle Creek Library received $2,434. Both library systems have mostly been operating on donations and volunteer work since the Douglas County Library System shut down due to lack of funding.

“This is a big step for us because it’s a lot of money,” said Joe Coyne, volunteer with Reedsport Public Library. The Reedsport Library operates at a little over $2,000 per month, according to Coyne, so the grant will cover the costs for more than two months.

Reedsport Public Library also made an agreement with the county commissioners this week, so it can turn from a reading room library back to a circulation library. Soon, patrons will be able to check out the approximately 14,000 books in the Reedsport Library.

For Myrtle Creek, the $2,400 grant award will pay for one year of wireless internet, said Serena Theiss, vice president of Friends of Myrtle Creek Library.

“We’re really excited to get it, it’s one more step forward to getting our library back,” Theiss said.

While the Myrtle Creek City Council decided not to make an agreement with the county regarding the library, the Friends of Myrtle Creek Library group decided to become a nonprofit and made its own agreement with the county this week. The new nonprofit is tasked with providing its own insurance, internet and volunteers to keep the library open for readers to check out books.

When the Friends signed the intergovernmental agreement, it was able to keep all the computer systems available for people to use at the library.

Coyne said the Jordan Cove LNG and proposed pipeline in general is seen favorably on the coast, but negatively in Roseburg because of environmental issues and landowner rights.

“Over here, it’s very liked by a lot of people out of Coos Bay because they see the jobs that could come out of it, but when I’ve attended meetings in Roseburg, it’s sort of the eminent domain feature that seems to be predominant,” Coyne said. “I know they gave some good awards, and we’re going to take advantage of it if we can.”

Organizations will be able to start applying for the next grant cycle in mid September, with a November deadline.

“I’ve been impressed with the nonprofit development in Douglas County,” said Betsy Spomer, CEO of Jordan Cove LNG. “You guys have a great community with a lot of volunteers that want to make it the best it can be.”

Jordan Cove LNG awards grants to local organizations

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
Agency Name Project Amount
Basin Youth for Christ Broadway Theater Main Doors $5,000.00
Oregon Coast Community Action CASA of Coos County $1,950.00
Bay Area Hospital District- Kid's Hope Center Erin's Law Curriculum $2,500.00
Milo Rural Volunteer Fire Department Fire Truck Water Tank $2,500.00
Sutherlin Oakland Emergency Food Pantry Food Boxes $1,000.00
Friends of Myrtle Creek Library Friends of Myrtle Creek Library $2,434.00
Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board Girls who Code/Kyle Stevens $2,500.00
Reedsport Church of God/Project Blessing Food Pantry Healthy Pantry Choices $1,500.00
Citizens for Safe Schools Kids in the Middle Mentoring Program $2,500.00
City of Myrtle Creek Millsite Bandshell Renovation Project $2,500.00
Myrtle Crest PTK Myrtle Crest Playground Replacement Project $2,500.00
Powers School District #31 Native Species Center $2,116.00
Boys & Girls Club of Rogue Valley Project Learn: Full STEAM Ahead $2,500.00
City of Reedsport Public Library Reedsport Community Library $5,000.00
Roque Gallery & Art Center Rogue Gallery Elementary Arts Outreach Program 2017 $2,800.00
South Central Oregon Economic Development District Rural Tourism Studio $2,500.00
Coos Bay Power Squadron Saving Lives Through Low-Cost Boater Education $1,700.00
Jackson County Fire District #4 Smoke Alarms Save Lives $2,500.00
Bay Area Youth Softball League Softball Fields $2,500.00
Reedsport Main Street Steam Donkey Moving Project $5,000.00
Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach Sustaining Operations $1,500.00
Boys & Girls Club of Umpqua Valley Teen STEAM Squared $2,500.00
City of Merrill Carl Barks Park/Wildlife Viewing Area $2,500.00
Total $60,000.00

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

(2) comments

john sipple

it is nice to see that north bend/coos bay are for sale. we shouldn't let such things as democracy and hazardous waste stand in our way of getting some money. no better way to drum up support than to bribe the citizenry. what's it called when a person uses a situation to gain an unfair advantage for themselves...?
this county is struggling to provide work for it's citizens, some may say we are desperate. we now find ourselves in a Faustian Drama with LNG playing the role of Mephistopheles. are we really willing to sell our soul for a few pennies? and that is all we will get because in spite of their claims, the financial reward will all be going to Canada, not us.
acquiring money regardless of the cost is what's got into this situation in the first place, and no matter how much you don't want to believe it, our actions do have consequences. just look the Gulf Coast in Texas, is that what we want our town to turn into?

just me

thank you. that is all well and good, but no pipeline or eminent domain

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